Now Detect Heart Attacks with a Smartphone App

A new smartphone app called AliveCor can identify potentially fatal heart attacks with near accuracy of medical ECG. Researchers from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in the US say that the app can monitor heart activity and determine if someone is having an ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), a heart attack in which the artery is completely blocked. These findings are noteworthy as haste in the treatment after a STEMI heart attack helps save lives, said J Brent Muhlestein from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute.

Patients with chest pain received a standard 12-lead ECG and an ECG through the AliveCor app, which is administered through a smartphone with a two-wire attachment. Researchers found the app with the wire set-up effective in distinguishing STEMI from not-STEMI ECGs accurately and with high sensitivity compared to a traditional 12-lead ECG. With the AliveCor app, the two wire leads are moved around the body in order to record all 12 parts. The app can take the electrocardiogram on the spot, send the results into the cloud where a cardiologist reviews it immediately and, if a STEMI is found, tell the person so they can be rushed to the hospital.


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